Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fierce Reads tour - details

You've heard about it, I know. This great tour of amazing debut authors. Anna Banks, Leigh Bardugo, Jennifer Bosworth, Emmy Laybourne, and Marissa Meyer All at Kepler's June 8th Want to know a little about the books? Anna Banks, OF POSEIDON An action-packed novel about a teenage girl who learns she has the gift of Poseidon and can communicate with fish—and gorgeous mermen. Leigh Bardugo, SHADOW AND BONE A magical tale of a refugee girl thrust into the magical elite when she learns that she has a dormant power that may be the only thing that can destroy the Shadow Fold, a swath of darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Jennifer Bosworth, STRUCK A girl who is struck by lightning hundreds of times discovers that she holds the fate of the world in her hands. Emmy Laybourne, MONUMENT 14 A group of students are trapped together in a chain superstore and must face life, death, love and hate, while the world as they know it ends around them. Marissa Meyer, CINDER Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But after she meets Prince Kai, she finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle and a forbidden attraction. Can she protect her world’s future? Awesome, right? So far I've read Cinder (review posted), Struck (review to come), and Monumnet 14 (review to come too). Looking forward to of Poseidon and Shadow and Bone. CAN'T WAIT!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sh*t Book Reviewers Say

Saw this, fell about laughing, then wondered whether I could go back and edit my reviews without anyone noticing!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Slide by Jill Hathaway - Review

Oh this one looks good. And creepy. Here's Antonia's review Sylvia (Vee) Bell is cursed with a gift. She can "slide" into other people if she touches something they have touched. Passing out while she sees the world through their eyes, she is something of a social outcast - that girl with narcolepsy - you know the one. As if that wasn't bad enough she slides into the body of a murderer - and witnesses the best friend of her sister being killed. Vee is the only person who knows it isn't suicide but how can she possibly tell people how she knows? And now the killer is after other cheerleaders, including Vee's little sister, and Vee is the only one who knows crimes are being committed - it is up to her to figure out who is responsible.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Fierce Reads Trailer!

As you all know we are hosting the fabulous Fierce Reads tour on Friday June 8th and here is the first glimpse of their trailer. Fierce Reads includes Struck by Jennifer Bosworth, Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo And Cinder by Marissa Meyer (although she won't be at every stop of the tour). Each page more fierce than the last! Download the song at and where you can read chapter excerpts, and more! The song is: Turning the Page by Jessica Drake What do you think?

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour - Review

It's senior year and everyone is making plans about where to go to college and what to study. But Colby and Bev have always agreed that they would go on the road with Bev's band and then explore Europe. They've been saving and planning for years. But just as they leave San Francisco in a van named Melinda, Bev tells her friends that she has changed her mind - she is forsaking Colby and Europe for art school. Which leave Colby where exactly? He has to come to terms with why Bev hadn't told him long ago and what to do now. The Disenchantments is an unexpected delight, full of music and small towns, art and the meaning of friendship, about love and whether it can last, about accepting who you are and finding what is right.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore - Review

Have you been waiting for Bitterblue? I have. But Antonia got to it first! So here's her review. It'll be my next read... Bitterblue has grown up since her daring rescue by Katsa in Graceling, but the specter of her father, King Leck, still overshadows the kingdom. Together with those she trusts most deeply, Bitterblue must cast light, not only on the atrocities perpetrated by Leck himself, but the atrocities he forced others to commit. But there are powerful forces in the kingdom who believe secrets are best kept, thwarting her at every turn. Kristin Cashore's grand finale to the Graceling trilogy most certainly does not disappoint.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness - Review

Patrick Ness has created a world where you can hear everyone's thoughts, including the animals around you - a constant sea of noise. This is where Todd grows up, in a world made up entirely of men. He's the last boy in Prentisstown and one day, while out picking apples, he and his dog Manchee - and I can't say enough about how much I love Manchee - find an area of silence. And it's incredibly disturbing. Of course there's no keeping it to himself in a place where everyone can hear your thoughts. And just like that he's told to run, because it's too dangerous to stay. Told with breakneck speed that leaves you gasping for air but unable to break away, we follow Todd and Manchee's journey as they meet Viola, try to stay ahead of the men who continue to chase them, and learn, as they do, that all he's known to be true may not be. Written in style all of its own (Todd is an innocent with no formal education and it's written from his point of view), it's dark, violent, brutal, haunting, and utterly addicting. It made my heart race and consumed my free time, as I wondered why I had waited so long to start this series. Wow.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa - Review

Imagine a future ruled by vampires, where rabids roam, and humans are put on registers to feed their masters. Allison hates these vampires and lives on the edge of a vampire city, scavenging for food. It's a tough life that gets much much tougher when she's attacked by rabids, found by a vampire and given the choice to die or become one of them. And thus she becomes the thing she hates most, and has to learn how to live as one. When she is forced to run from the only place she's ever known she has to pretend she's human when she finds a group of humans who are searching for a promised land. And that's hard to pull off, keeping her hunger in check, especially around Zeke. These are not sparkly romantic vampires! These are fierce, violent, dark, and bloodthirsty. And Allison is equally fierce, knowing how to survive in the Vampire City, and adjusting to vampire life once she is bitten. This is very different from the author's wonderful Iron Fey series but equally addictive.

Friday, May 4, 2012

How I Live Now film update

It's my day for film news I guess (and I'm feeling guilty for not posting for so long). Just read Meg Rosoff's update on the movie. Here's what she said: * The script is still being polished (and she hasn't read it). * There are four or five actors in the running for Edmond and three for Piper, and they’ll be workshopping with the director (Kevin MacDonald) and Saoirse Ronan (see photo left) for the final choice. As far as she knows, these are all “unknowns”, ie, not Zac Efron or Taylor Lautner. Or Daniel Radcliffe or Robert Pattinson. Or Shia LaBeouf. * Principal photography begins 25 of June (SOON!) * Location will be “remote” — north of England, Scotland, Wales? * Film is likely to be released in spring 2013 Really excited for this. It is such a good book.

Rick Riordan

For all of you who came to see Rick Riordan talk about his new book, Serpent's Shadow at the Fox Theatre - wasn't he amazing? As entertaining and charming as ever. His presentation was wonderful (who will now forget that framed rejection letter that survived even a fire?) And he read a chapter from his upcoming book, The Mark of Athena (out in the Fall) which captivated each and every one of us. What a great event! If you joined us, let me know what was the best part of the evening! And have you finished the book yet?

Beautiful Creatures - First look

Entertainment Weekly just posted this first photo from the Beautiful Creatures movie set. Remember Beautiful Creatures (which I loved)? Supernatural star-crossed romance, a small town full of secrets, and a dash of Southern gothic intrigue. In development since 2009, Beautiful Creatures recently started shooting in New Orleans. Photo shows Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) and Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), the mysterious girl of his dreams — literally. What do you think?